Wait until you see these sculptures the middle school elective students are making! They are blowing Ms. Emily away with their resilience with this project. They are sculpting with a very unconventional medium (toilet paper) and it is definitely not the easiest to work with. But they didn’t give up and the final product is FAB!
CALENDAR CHANGE – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Wanted to let you know that our last day of school, June 23rd will be 1/2 day. Students will be dismissed at noon.
BOOK FAIR WEEK – VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED, PLEASE – Scholastic Book Fair!
We are excited to be hosting a Spring Scholastic Book Fair on Campus! Set up of the fair will be on March 28th with the fair open on March 29, 30 and 31st. Please see the SIGN UP GENIUS LINK for requested volunteer times. Volunteers are needed to man the cashier station (we will train you – no worries! =) and help with set up and tear down.
Online ordering will be available directly from the Scholastic website. You can access the site and set up payment by USING THIS LINK.
INTERESTED IN HELPING KIDS FOOD BASKET?
Re:FUEL is a donation drop off center and will be collecting items through Tuesday!
APRIL LUNCH MENU
Please note that after spring break Pizza Day will be switching to Tuesdays =)
TULIP TIME PARADE – PARTICIPANTS WANTED – JOIN US, PLEASE!
There is a super fun opportunity coming our way to represent IES and who we are to the community of Holland, the surrounding area, and visitors.
On May 12th Tulip Time holds a parade to showcase kids and schools from around the community. This parade is called a Kinderparade. As Innocademy, iCademy and Precademy, we have signed up to participate in this parade to show off our students and the work we do here at IES.
HUGE THANKS to Ms. Renee for coordinating this adventure for us! She is looking for volunteers available on May 12th starting at about 1 pm to line up for the parade and we should be done by 3 pm – ish.
Please note…Per Tulip Time Parade Official Rules, all adults marching in the parade do need to be in dutch costume. If you don’t own one, you can check out one for free from the city as long as you reserve by April 13th and pick-up on April 22.
Parents marching with us will need to have a volunteer background check on file or complete the one, below and also be in dutch costume. Students marching do not need a dutch costume (they may absolutely wear one if they have it!) instead, they will receive a t-shirt with our theme. Students in Young 5s and Kindergarten must have an adult accompany them if they are participating. Students in 1st grade and above may participate without an adult.
Please SIGN UP, HERE by APRIL 10TH if you or your child wish to participate.
WELCOME MS. DEB!
We would like to take a moment to make you aware of an exciting leadership addition for the ’22-’23 school year.
Mr. Bob has made the decision to transition back into an opportunity in higher education. We certainly want to thank him for his work with our organization and we wish him the best.
We were very excited to hear that Deb Feenstra was available to take on a new role after this school year and moved quickly to let her know IES would be just the perfect place! We were already familiar with Deb’s name because she is very highly regarded in both the public and private schools in our area. It was evident immediately that she understands our mission as a school and would have the passion and gifts to lead us through this next season.
We’re very excited to have Deb share her skills and joy of learning with us, as we have really enjoyed getting to know her, and know you all will as well! While we will be hosting an opportunity for you to meet Ms. Deb as we get closer to the end of the school year, we’d love to introduce her to you via the little blurb she has written, below.
My name is Deb Feenstra and I can’t tell you what an honor it is to be chosen to serve as the next Executive Director of IES! I‘ve had the opportunity to serve as an educator in the Holland/Zeeland area for 35 years and I am excited to continue that journey as a member of the IES team. My educational philosophy is that each student is unique and our job as educators is to provide an innovative learning environment, in partnership with parents, that strives to meet students where they are and support them to reach their full potential academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Personally, I have been married to my amazing husband for 42 years and we have 2 daughters, a son-in-law, and 3 wonderful grandchildren who all live in the Zeeland area. My youngest daughter, the joy of our lives, has cognitive needs and is a dependent adult who has taught us to see every moment in life as a gift and a possibility. As a family, we had the opportunity to serve as full-time mission staff in Chiapas, Mexico from 1999 to 2005 and we still spend part of every year there. Our son-in-law is from Chiapas so we live a life that is bilingual and bicultural. IES’s vision of “Innovative education that cultivates global leaders and thinkers and makes a positive impact” aligns perfectly with my life vision and I can’t wait to get started!
SUB SANDWICH SALE
This week we launched our sub sandwich sale! Orders and money are due to your child’s classroom teacher on Tuesday, March 29. Orders will be ready for pick-up on April 13 from 3:30-5:00. All proceeds will go directly towards student travel costs. See links below for more information and order form.
Spring Student-Led Conference Sign Ups
ALL CONFERENCES ON MARCH 29TH WILL BE HELD IN PERSON ON CAMPUS
ALL CONFERENCES ON MARCH 30TH WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM MEETINGS. Your teacher will send out the link as it gets closer to conference time. =)
In an effort to be fair to all of our families, we have designed a schedule so that our families with multiple children are the first to sign up for conferences and our families with one student are asked to sign up last. Thanks, in advance, for adhering to the schedule below. Please use the guide to determine WHEN to begin signing up your family for Student-Led Conferences.
- Families with 3 students or more – Begin sign-ups on Saturday, March 19th.
- Families with 2 students – Begin sign-ups on Tuesday, March 22nd.
- Families with 1 student – Begin sign-ups on Wednesday, March 23nd.
Sign ups will continue to be available until MONDAY, March 28th AT 5PM
Please follow these 3 EASY steps when scheduling:
1) Please find your child’s grade level and program.
2) Notice the date; Tuesday, March 29th (in person) or Wednesday, March 30th (via Zoom).
3) Choose a 20-minute time slot on the date you prefer.
4) Repeat for all of your Classic and Las Huellas middle school students.
Date Change – Sole Sisters 5K
Please adjust your calendars. The NEW date for the 5K will be on MAY 20TH. If you have a daughter participating, please watch your email as there will be many more details to follow.
Tuesday/Thursday AM Preschool Assistant position available:
Are you passionate about helping young learners? Do you enjoy helping kids learn through creativity and play? If so, this could be a great fit for you. In this role, you will be working closely with the Lead Teacher to create a fun learning environment for 3 year olds, following licensing guidelines to ensure classroom compliance, and developing relationships with students and parents in our 2-day Preschool Class. Work schedule is Tuesday/Thursday 8:15- 11:45 am. If you are interested in more information, please contact Sara in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grub Hub, Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc…
We understand that while some students enjoy hot lunch every day, many of our students prefer a lunch brought from home. We also know, that in the rush of the morning your student may forget his/her lunch from time to time. Please remember, we do have a hot lunch option here on campus available FOR FREE each day. PLEASE DO NOT SEND UBER EATS, GRUB HUB, DOOR DASH OR ANY OTHER FOOD DELIVERY to your students. Thank you.
Student Absence and/or Early Dismissal
In the event your child is going to be absent for the day or needs to be picked up, early, please send an email and/or Bloom’s message to their teacher as well as email@example.com. Please include the reason for the absence or early dismissal.
Mother/Son Barn Bash At Post Family Farm
March Lunch Menu
Do You Have A NEW Student for ’22/23?
All students who are currently attending school at Innocademy and are planning to attend for the 22/23 school year are all set!
If you have a NEW student from your family who will be joining us – – even if they are transitioning from Precademy to Innocademy, please go ahead and begin enrollment for them by fillling out THIS FIRST STEP IN ENROLLMENT FOR 22/23
Family Resource Guide
Please click, below, to see the 21-22 Family Resource Guide
Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year
Please note the first day of school is kicking off with a 1/2 day on Monday, AUGUST 9TH. Students will be dismissed at 12pm.